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How the Obama-Bernanke Monetary Scheme Could Wreck the US Economy Brookes News via Safehaven / Gerard Jackson

Real estate agents sell the open house Baltimore Sun / Andrea F. Siegel

Stocks: New month, more fears CNN / Alexandra Twin

Wall Street braces for week of bad numbers, looks to Washington for help on economy AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Tim Paradis

Who's hiring? Uncle Sam AP via Baltimore Sun

FL: Can others cover State Farm pullout? Palm Beach Post / Jeff Harrington and Jennifer Liberto

Florida's meager unemployment benefits squeezing families, state economy South Florida Sun Sentinel / Marcia Heroux Pounds

When you watch these ads, the ads check you out AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Dinesh Ramde

Lacker Says Fed Should Avoid Favoring Specific Credit Markets Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Another half million jobs lost, survey says Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Joblessness Probably Rose to 16-Year High: U.S. Economy Preview Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Recession Can Change a Way of Life NY Times / Tyler Cowen

Our Love Affair With Malls Is on the Rocks NY Times / David Segal

Lumberyards falling like trees to loggers Denver Post / Steve Raabe

The view from a throne Denver Post / Al Lewis

Tough it out and don't sell your stocks Dallas Morning News / Scott Burns

Davos finds no answers to crisis BBC News / Tim Weber

Bond fund losses confuse investors Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

Worst of recession is yet to come, economists say McClatchy via Miami Herald / Kevin G. Hall

MO: It's been a lost decade for employment in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Spat with China raises fears of a trade war London Times / Irwin Stelzer


How Failing Banks Can Help Banking Forbes / Liz Moyer

S&P 500 to Fall as Bank Bailout Stalls, Barclays Says Bloomberg / Lynn Thomason

Citigroup to deploy $36.5 billion to boost lending AP via Houston Chronicle / Madlen Read

Cures for Our Economic Disease Texas Straight Talk via Safehaven / Ron Paul

GOP circulates plan to cut the cost of mortgages AP via Seattle Times / David Espo

US Treasury debt soars, 7-year note may return Reuters / David Lawler

Fed Says Most U.S. Banks Tightened Terms on Loans Bloomberg / Craig Torres

Morgan Stanley plans up to 4 percent in job cuts Reuters

MI: Evans says county will not enforce foreclosure sales Detroit Free Press / Ben Schmidt and Greta Guest

Oil falls near $40 CNN / Catherine Clifford

UT: Four-day workweek grows on Utahns / Amanda DeBard

NY: Suozzi: 'Things are as bad as they can be' Newsday / Sid Cassese William Murphy

GA: Uninsured drivers increase in downturn inside insurance Augusta Chronicle / David Colmans

U.S. Stocks Retreat, Extend Three-Day Slump, on Economy Concern Bloomberg / Eric Martin

Cash Beats Even Buffett Forbes / Robert Lenzner

Car sales: From bad to worse CNN / Chris Isidore

Stimulus and the Senate The Economist

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Macy's to cut 7,000 jobs, slash dividend AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

Residential Externalities Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond / Pierre-Daniel G. Sarte

Where workers take most sick days The Economist

Pound Falls Versus Dollar, Euro as Barclays’s Credit Rating Cut Bloomberg / Anchalee Worrachate

Fed's Fisher says protectionism equals "economic death" Reuters

Treasurys gain as spending, equities struggle Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

Expect even more consumers to file bankruptcy Dallas Morning News / Pamela Yip

Manufacturing contracts - 12 months straight CNN / Catherine Clifford

Consumer spending falls, savings jump Reuters

Manufacturing in U.S. Probably Slumped Into 2009 as Sales Slid Bloomberg / Bob Willis

This Deficit Is Different--And Dangerous Forbes / John Tamny

Level 3 Borrowing Costs Weigh Down Balance Sheet Bloomberg / Katie Hoffmann

Mattel Plunges After Slow Holiday Sales Erode Profit Bloomberg / Allison Abell Schwartz

Stocks open lower after drop in personal spending, investors fear gov't gridlock over stimulus AP via Chicago Tribune / Madlen Read

Gold futures fall for first day in three as dollar gains Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Oils falls below $41 a barrel Reuters via CNN

Ruble Falls to 11-Year Low as Speculators Push to Break Target Bloomberg / Emma O’Brien

When auto dealerships fail, customers can get hit with unpaid loans AP via Dallas Morning News

Stock markets may slide, banks may fold, but gold keeps its shine for wary investors London Times / David Robertson

Treasury Real Yields at 16-Month High as Deflation Bets Die Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell

February Blues After the Worst of Januarys NY Times / Jack Healy

Asian Stocks Fall on Deepening Recession Concern; Hitachi Drops Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Shani Raja

Euro Falls as Inflation Report May Strengthen Case for Rate Cut Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Stanley White

Rates head for zero as Bank of England set to cut to 1% London Times / Gráinne Gilmore


Conflicting budget estimates abound / Pamela M. Prah

Recent bay area home buyers likely owe more than home's value St. Petersburg Times

Is Obama too popular? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Taxed and spent Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

With Daschle’s withdrawal, can Obama repair image as ‘change’ agent? Christian Science Monitor / Linda Feldmann, Gail Russell Chaddock, and Alexandra Marks

Credit markets getting tighter AP via Allentown Morning Call / Jeannine Aversa

S&P lowers California debt rating, more cuts seen Reuters / Jim Christie

Auto sales hit 27-year low Reuters / Kevin Krolicki

Banks Promise Loans But Hoard Cash Forbes / Liz Moyer

Real-estate economist: Slowdown is 'similar to the Great Depression' Orlando Sentinel / Jerry W. Jackson

Walt Disney Co. profits dropped 32 percent at close of 2008 Orlando Sentinel / Jason Garcia

Disney results miss estimates, shares fall Reuters / Gina Keating and Sue Zeidler

Stocks stage rally CNN / Alexandra Twin

MySpace: 90,000 sex offenders removed from site AP via Mercury News / Marlon A. Walker

UBS Said to Have Held Talks to Sell U.S. PaineWebber Division Bloomberg / Serena Saitto

Daschle Withdraws Nomination Following Tax Questions Bloomberg / Kristin Jensen and Edwin Chen

As recession deepens, it's cheaper to ride it out than divorce Pittsburgh Post Gazette / Tim Grant

Foreclosures dominate home sales CNN / Les Christie

Record 19 Million U.S. Homes Stood Vacant in 2008 Bloomberg / Kathleen M. Howley

Fed: Corporate Demand for Loans Plummets / David M. Katz

We have to be patient with monetary policy Forbes / Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Indexes Pull Higher In Sagging Volume Investors Business Daily / Alan R. Elliott

Walgreens same-store sales nearly flat Chicago Tribune / James P. Miller

Motorola Razrs Away Its Dividend Forbes / Carl Gutierrez

Motorola Swings To 4Q Loss, Suggests 2010 Turnaround Dow Jones via CNN

US Oil Reserves No Longer Over A Barrel NY Post / John Crudele

America has become the world leader in wind power The Economist

Treasuries Decline on Concern Government Debt Sales Will Swell Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell and Bo Nielsen

UBS Hired Brokers in U.S. With ‘Super-Sized’ Bonuses Bloomberg / Elena Logutenkova

Angels Flee From Tech Start-Ups NY Times / Claire Cain Miller and Brad Stone

Traders cherry-pick in wake of worst Jan. ever AP via Denver Post / Sara Lepro

Big Job Cutbacks Might Cushion Profit Declines Bloomberg / John M. Berry

MA: Homes going for a loss Boston Herald / Thomas Grillo

Despite Federal Aid, Many Banks Fail to Revive Lending Washington Post / Binyamin Appelbaum

Reps blast Bank of America over Super Bowl fan fest Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Stimulus: How Porky Is It? Business Week / Moira Herbst

Treasury Faults I.R.S. in Handling Tax Evaders NY Times / Lynnley Browning

Geithner Needs to Show Banks Some Tough Love Washington Post / Allan Sloan

Buyers on fence seek lower rates Boston Herald / Kenneth R. Harney

Old-timers brace for possible eruption AP via Seattle Times / Rachel D’oro

Oil holds above $40 after more grim economic news AP via Houston Chronicle

BP profit falls short of estimates Reuters via CNN

Euro zone Dec producer prices fall more than fcast Reuters via Guardian

Australia May Cut Rates to Lowest Since 1964 as Recession Looms Bloomberg / Jacob Greber



Treasuries Are Not Risk-Free Alpha via Safehaven / Daniel Aaronson and Lee Markowitz

Oil near $40 on rising crude supplies, weak demand AP via Houston Chronicle / Alex Kennedy

CA: Million-dollar home sales plummet in California Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

A great month for gloom-and-doomers Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Seagate writes off $2.3B Santa Cruz Sentinel

GM sales down 49% Lansing State Journal / Barbara Wieland

Has Buffett Lost His Touch? Forbes / Michael Maiello and David Serchuk

We're not all bad, JPMorgan CEO says AP via Seattle Times / Madlen Read

Prudential Swings To 4Q Loss On Investment Losses Dow Jones via CNN / Shara Tibken and Lavonne Kuykendall

Pulte Homes Reports Quarterly Loss as Prices Slump Bloomberg / Brian Louis

Cisco sees hard times ahead CNN / Kenneth Musante

Stocks slip in choppy session CNN / Alexandra Twin

U.S. Stocks Retreat, Led by Consumer Companies, on Earnings Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

IL: Tax hikes in the works for Illinois? St. Louis Post Dispatch / Kevin McDermott

MI: Granholm plan attempts to get tough too late Detroit Free Press / Tom Walsh

84% of cities in money trouble CNN / Tami Luhby

Gold rises above $900 after weak U.S. jobs data Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Costco sees 2Q profit below estimates Seattle Times

Battling Your Broker Just Got Easier / Roya Wolverson

Treasury brings back 7-year note to help deficit AP via Seattle Times / Martin Crutsinger

Mortgage Refinancing Change Faces Hurdles, FHFA Says Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Bank of England expected to cut, while ECB pauses Marketwatch / William L. Watts

Bond prices churn on record refunding CNN / Catherine Clifford

U.S. commercial property values drop by most on record Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

U.S. ISM Services Index Increased to 42.9 in January Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Food needs on the rise: Hard times hitting more families in the stomach Denver Post / Elizabeth Aguilera

ADP Says U.S. Companies Reduced Payrolls by 522,000 Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

98 percent of metro areas see jobless rates rise AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Jeannine Aversa

U.S. Stocks Gain, Led by Shares of Commodity Producers, Banks Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

Sara Lee posts 2Q loss, cuts 2009 forecast AP via Fresno Bee

Time Warner results miss expectations Reuters

The importance of being sinless The Economist

Obama: Catastrophe coming if Congress doesn't act AP via Denver Post / Andrew Taylor

Oil hovers near $41 as traders weigh mixed US data AP via Fresno Bee / Jake Neubacher

South Florida personal banruptcies up 60 percent Miami Herald

The cheap stimulus option: Stop hyping bad economic news Christian Science Monitor / Paul McDonnold

Remodeling industry has room for recovery Marketwatch / Amy Hoak

Service Industries in U.S. Probably Contracted at Faster Pace Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Treasuries Rise as Report May Show Service-Industry Contraction Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Panasonic cuts FY outlook to $4.2 billion loss Reuters via Washington Post

Buy American, buy a trade war Christian Science Monitor

Old Ways Doomed New Job for Daschle Washington Post / R. Jeffrey Smith, Cecilia Kang and Joe Stephens

GOP looks to rebound in 2010 govs' races / Louis Jacobson

An open letter to Tim Geithner Marketwatch / Todd Harrison

Senate Lacks Votes to Pass Stimulus Washington Post / Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane

British Economy Will Shrink Until Fourth Quarter, Niesr Says Bloomberg / Svenja O’Donnell

Dollar steady vs basket of currencies Reuters via Guardian / Kaori Kaneko

Hyundai Defies U.S. Slump as Asians Grab Record Share Bloomberg / Alan Ohnsman and Jeff Green

Asian Stocks Gain on Automakers’ U.S. Market Share, Chip Prices Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos

Euro Approaches 8-Week Low Before European Retail Sales Report Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Yasuhiko Seki

Utsumi Says G-7 Nations May Reinstate Call for Yuan Flexibility Bloomberg / Keiko Ujikane and Kyoko Shimodoi

China Manufacturing Shrinks for 4th Month on Exports Bloomberg / Kevin Hamlin and Minh Bui

Australian Retail Sales Surge Most in Eight Years Bondheads / Jacob Greber


Senate struggles on stimulus in nighttime session AP via Washington Post / David Espo

Oil falls below $41 as recession batters US AP via Houston Chronicle / Alex Kennedy

Worried about inflation in the future? Consider TIPS USA Today / John Waggoner

Big push for smaller stimulus CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

What We Face Now Is a Depression Lew Rockwell / Bill Bonner

Output, Prices and Profits − The Vortex Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner

Biggest job loss ever for retail sector Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

News Corp posts biggest quarterly loss on writedown Reuters / Robert MacMillan

Move over, subprime The Economist

Mortgage rates hit six week high CNN / Lara Moscrip

U.S. economy worst since 1970s: GE's Immelt Reuters / Nick Zieminski

Dark U.S. Retail Cloud Has A Gray Lining Forbes / Lisa LaMotta

Economy unlikely to affect many US farmers AP via Miami Herald / James Prichard

Bailout watchdog: Treasury paid too much CNN / David Goldman

Moody’s Profit Falls 30% as Demand for Ratings Slumps Bloomberg / Caroline Salas

Penney's January store sales slide more than expected Dallas Morning News / Maria Halkias

Boeing loses orders for 16 787s Seattle Times

A tricky balancing act The Economist

Europe Holds Rates As Banks Limp Forbes / Parmy Olson

Untouched by the hand of God The Economist

Treasuries Advance as Rising Job Losses Offset Supply Concern Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell and Matthew Brown

Shrinking Options Market Lifts Costs to Hedge With Calls, Puts Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns and Edgar Ortega

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Why you will see huge drop in January jobs NY Post / John Crudele

Factory Orders in the U.S. Fell in December, Ex-Transport Down Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Retail sales lower, but Wal-Mart bucks trend Reuters / Karen Jacobs

Initial jobless claims surge more than expected to 626,000; continuing claims set new record AP via Chicago Tribune / Christopher S. Ruogaber

U.S. Initial Unemployment Claims Jump to 26-Year High Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman and Timothy R. Homan

Retail jobs get slashed CNN / Jessica Dickler

U.S. housing market bottom seen within sight Reuters / Julie Haviv

Gold rises for second session as U.K. cuts rate Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Eurozone rates kept on hold at 2% BBC News

UK reduces interest rates to 1% BBC News

Trichet Says ECB May Cut Rate by Half Point to 1.5% Next Month Bloomberg / Gabi Thesing

End the Fed Lew Rockwell / Ron Paul

Monster Employment Index Declines in January Marketwatch

U.S. Productivity Probably Rose Last Quarter as Economy Sank Bloomberg / Timothy R. Homan

Treasuries Rise on Speculation Reports to Show U.S. Losing Jobs Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Obama’s ‘Screw-Up’ Leaves Geithner on Thin Ice Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Iranians wary of Obama's approach Christian Science Monitor / Scott Peterson

Who wants to be a half-millionaire? Marketwatch / David Callaway

Asian Stocks Gain, Led by BHP on China Stimulus; Qantas Slumps Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Patrick Rial

Bank of England May Cut Key Rate to 1% as Recession Deepens Bloomberg / Brian Swint

Mizuno Says BOJ Must Take Prompt, Extraordinary Steps Bloomberg / Lily Nonomiya

Bank of America to sell three jets and Merrill's helicopter FT / Greg Farrell

Euro Trades Near 2-Month Low on Eastern Europe Economic Concern Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Yasuhiko Seki


Obama's edict on CEO pay may not add up to much St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

"War on terror": Can Bush's signature phrase last? Reuters / Matt Spetalnick

Fed's Yellen sees dynamics similar to Depression Reuters / Ros Krasny

IL: Wal-Mart to renew effort to add stores in Chicago Chicago Tribune / Dan Mihalopoulos and Kayce T. Ataiyero

The Economic Outlook for 2009 and Community Banks Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / Janet L. Yellen

House Prices and Bank Loan Performance Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco / John Krainer

Get it done, Yellen tells Washington Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Fed’s Yellen Says Bad Asset Removal Needed for Banks Bloomberg / Vivien Lou Chen

Fed's consumer plan to start later in February Marketwatch / Greg Robb

California, Georgia banks are latest to be seized Marketwatch / John Letzing

MI: Fiscal woes hit hospitals Detroit News / Christina Rogers

Bond market calls the Fed's bluff CNN / Paul R. La Monica

Treasuries Decline as Traders Shift Focus to Record Debt Sales Bloomberg / Molly Seltzer and Susanne Walker

Lawmakers reach tentative stimulus agreement CNN

Gold ends slightly higher after U.S. jobs data Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

German industrial output plunges BBC News

UK company collapses up 124% in three months London Times / Grainne Gilmore

MI: High insurance rates mean more unemployed are uninsured Detroit Free Press / Patricia Anstett

Obama bemoans: Everyone's an economist AP via Google / Robert A. Brusca

PIMCO's El-Erian says no room for "policy gradualism" Reuters / Jennifer Ablan

U.S. 10-Year Notes Fall as Traders Shift Focus to Debt Sales Bloomberg / Susanne Walker and Molly Seltzer

Don’t Buy Bad Federal Debt! Lew Rockwell / Thomas R. Eddlem

Canada: Jobless rate surges to 7.2% Globe and Mail / Heather Scoffield

Credit Confusion Morgan Stanley / Joachim Fels and Manoj Pradham

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Major Indexes Rise Despite Jobs Letdown / Mark Glassman

Skechers USA Plunges After Forecasting Fourth-Quarter Loss Bloomberg /

Matt Townsend

States to Congress: Send money fast CNN / Tami Luhby

Economist predicts downturn will end May 15, at the latest Chicago Tribune / Greg Burns

Fix the jobs picture to fix the homes market Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

TX: Percentage of Dallas-area homes in foreclosure rises Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Forty dollars may be the bottom for oil, analysts say Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Online marketing's bright spot: In-text ads Fortune via CNN / Jia Lynn Yang

Commercial Paper Skids Again / Stephen Taub

Treasurys decline as job losses signal more debt Marketwatch / Deborah Levine

GE’s AAA Rating ‘Unsustainable,’ Says JPMorgan’s Tusa Bloomberg / Edmond Lococo and Will Daley

The jobs problem you don't know about CNN / Chris Isidore

Job Market Goes from Bad to Worse / Stephen Taub

U.S. job losses accelerate Reuters / Glenn Somerville

U.S. Jobless Rate Soars as Payrolls Plunge by 598,000 Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Brutal January for U.S. Jobs Forbes / Maurna Desmond

The Harsh Impact On Consumption Of Lost Home Equity Forbes / Bruce Bartlett

U.S. Stock Futures Rise on Optimism Jobs Data to Spur Stimulus Bloomberg / Eric Martin

S&P 500 Dividends May Decrease 13.3%, Most Since 1942 Bloomberg / Cristina Alesci

Dollar mixed after dismal jobs data; focus turns to Washington Marketwatch / Polya Lesova & Steve Goldstein

The Insolvency of the Fed Lew Rockwell / Philipp Bagus and Markus H. Schiml

Affordable housing hits a wall in time of rising need Christian Science Monitor / Jeremy Kutner

Five reasons not to buy a home this year Marketwatch / Amy Hoak

Home builders gear up for another tough spring Marketwatch / John Spence

As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force NY Times / Catherine Rampell

Medicaid programs feel weight of recession / Pauline Vu

Is Iran prepared to undo 30 years of anti-Americanism? Christian Science Monitor / Scott Peterson

Senators in Both Parties Call For Big Cuts in Stimulus Bill NY Times / Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray

Discouraging trends Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Asian Stocks Advance on Weaker Yen, Obama Policy Speculation Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Masaki Kondo

Experts Are Divided On Ruble Trajectory Moscow Times

Yen Gains on Speculation Exporters Buying It After Weekly Loss Bloomberg / Ron Harui and Yasuhiko Seki

UK: This rate cut may not do it, but next comes a leap of faith Independent / Jeremy Warner



The rise and (almost) fall of America's banks AP via Seattle Times / Stevenson Jacobs and Erin McClam

Not everyone gets the same mortgage rate Santa Cruz Sentinel / Peter Boutell

Let's call it karmic relief Denver Post / Al Lewis

Paying the piper The Economist

Senate Set to Vote Next Week on U.S. Stimulus Bill Bloomberg / Brian Faler

Senate’s Tax Credit Favors Higher-Income Homebuyers Bloomberg / Ryan J. Donmoyer

Couples who work for 1 company face financial hazard these days: losing both incomes at once AP via Orlando Sentinel / Melissa Nelson

U.S. Jobless Rate Soared in January and Payrolls Kept Plunging Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

Lewis slams Critics NY Post / Paul Tharp

CA: Rite Aid selling its S.F. stores to Walgreens San Francisco Chronicle / Victoria Colliver

U.S. Stocks Gain, Ending Four-Week Slump, on Hopes for Bailout Bloomberg / Eric Martin

Portable TVs also victims of switch to digital Chicago Tribune / Wailin Wong

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Spending NY Times / M. P. Dunleavey

A 10-Year Stretch That’s Worse Than It Looks NY Times / Floyd Norris

Spielberg’s DreamWorks Said to Be Headed to Disney NY Times / Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply

Obama Names More Economic Advisers Washington Post / Neil Irwin and Lori Montgomery

Asian Stocks Rise Second Week Amid Government Policy Optimism Bloomberg / Darren Boey


Something new stirring in precious-metals pond Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Perks of unemployment great, but a paycheck would be better AP via Houston Chronicle / Ryan J. Foley

Job Scams: The Recession Turns Ugly Wall Street Journal / M.P. McQueen

In recession, many fix old autos instead of trading in USA Today / Chris Woodyard

Less stuff = more freedom Christian Science Monitor / Marilyn Gardner

Recession limits Americans' ability to find work by moving USA Today / David Goldman

Where the recession-resistant jobs are Tacoma News Tribune / Kelly Kearsley

Where Will Stimulus Bring Jobs? Marketwatch via Wall Street Journal / Andrea Coombes

It May Be a Loan, But It's Still a Helping Hand Wall Street Journal / Nikki Waller

UK: We won’t abandon savers, says Mervyn King London Times / David Smith

Hong Kong chief flags 'financial protectionism' Marketwatch / Craig Stephen

Troubled bond funds should consider closing up Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

Getting your mortgage rate lowered NY Post / John Crudele

In Florida, Despair and Foreclosures NY Times / Damien Cave

My Home Is Worth What?! Washington Post / Anita Huslin

Double Blow for Police: Less Cash, More Crime Washington Post / Carrie Johnson

Buy-American requirements are dangerous trade policy St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Angry America is ready to agitate for a brand new deal Guardian – Observer / Heather Stewart and Paul Harris

IRS may go easier on taxpayers with hardships San Francisco Chronicle / Kathleen Pender

Economists Agree Time Is of the Essence for Stimulus Washington Post / Steven Mufson and Lori Montgomery

Bank bailout plan postponed until Tuesday CNN

Bonuses not a big issue; but wage deflation is NY Post / Terry Keenan

Stimulus Battle May Signal Tough Sell for Bank Rescue Bloomberg / Matthew Benjamin

Some Stress Dow's Distortions Washington Post / Jeff Horwitz

MI: Economy halts downtown Detroit's revitalization; some say it's temporary Detroit Free Press / John Gallagher

PA: Recession taking a toll on Lehigh Valley day-cares Allentown Morning Call / Brian Callaway

Colo. job market: Downs surpass the ups Denver Post / Aldo Svaldi

For now, all that glisters really is gold Guardian - Observer / Heather Connon

UK: Does the Bank care about pound's steep nose-dive? Not at this rate Guardian - Observer / William Keegan

UK: Bank to issue grimmest warning yet on economy Guardian - Observer / Heather Stewart

Russia's Recession Squeezes Migrants Washington Post / Sarah Schafer


Mass-transit transit fares should be eliminated, not increased Marketwatch / Irwin Kellner

Passport applications plunging amid the recession LA Times via South Florida Sun Sentinel / Jane Engle

Might Ben Graham's approach once again be relevant? Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

The Fed's Response to the Current Economic Challenge (With References to Gershon Bleichröder and Central Bank Independence) Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas / Richard W. Fisher

California Debt Downgrade Puts Credit Below Louisiana Bloomberg / William Selway and Michael B. Marois

The Great Depression - Just the Facts, Ma'am Northern Trust via Safehaven / Paul Kasriel

Consumers' buying binge may be over, at least for now Lansing State Journal / Jackie Crosby

South Florida's home prices won't hit bottom until 2010 South Florida Sun Sentinel / Paul Owers

More than 1,000 banks may fail, analyst estimates Marketwatch / Alistair Barr

FL: Bad checks have become a thorn in side of some Manatee businesses Bradenton Journal / Brian Neill

FL: Budget crunch forces Florida prisons to feed inmates for less St. Petersburg Times / Steve Bousquet

Canada: Consumer bankruptcy filings surge Globe and Mail / David Friend

10 dirty tricks to jump-start a new bull, fast! Marketwatch / Paul B. Farrell

Property markets with the highest asking prices The Economist

FL: Economic downturn slams Orlando-area malls Orlando Sentinel / Sandra Pedicini

25% of companies plan salary freeze CNN / David Goldman

Economy needs help urgently, top forecasters say Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Kill Debt Ceiling, Embrace Deficit, Watch Yields Bloomberg / John M. Berry

Great Small-Business Snub Forbes / Christopher Steiner

Obama says stimulus vital to avoid 'catastrophe' AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Jennifer Loven

Obama's Dilemma Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Recovery package clears key Senate hurdle Reuters / Jeremy Pelofsky and Richard Cowan

CA: Meg Whitman edges toward run for California governor Mercury News / Mike Zapler

CA: Meg Whitman edges toward run for California governor Mercury News / Mike Zapler

Employment index worst in 35 years CNN / David Goldman

No alternative to inflation Reuters / John Kemp

Manufacturing sector critical to revving up economy Detroit Free Press / Sarah A. Webster

Monday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

U.S. Stocks Retreat on Concern Recession Is Hurting Spending Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns

Bear-Market Entry Risks Decade-Long Price Slump Bloomberg / John F. Wasik

Nissan to slash 20,000 jobs Reuters / Chang-Ran Kim

McDonald's January same-store sales up 7.1 percent AP via Washington Post / Lauren Shepherd

Stimulus: What's next CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

Obama Campaigns Outside Washington to Win Insiders on Stimulus Bloomberg / Julianna Goldman and Catherine Dodge

Central Banks Sacrifice Independence as Crisis Grows Bloomberg / Rich Miller and Simon Kennedy

Fed Lacks Consensus on Treasury Purchases Even as Yields Climb Bloomberg / Scott Lanman and Craig Torres

Tracking the recession: The predictors / Stephen C. Fehr

Does 'buy American' send the wrong message? Christian Science Monitor / David R. Francis

Treasuries Rise as Yield Gains Spur Demand Before Record Sales Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Social Media Will Change Your Business Business Week / Stephen Baker and Heather Green

GM, Chrysler May Be Put Into Bankruptcy to Protect U.S. Loans Bloomberg / Mike Ramsey and Tiffany Kary

Why Analysts Keep Telling Investors to Buy NY Times / Jack Healy and Michael M. Grynbaum

Instead of stimulus, do nothing – seriously Christian Science Monitor / Robert Higgs

Spending More Than $800 Billion Is the Easy Part NY Times / David E. Sanger

Stimulus Pitch Absorbs Agenda Washington Post / David Cho and Michael A. Fletcher

U.S. Delays Financial Plan as Officials Grapple With Toxic Debt Bloomberg / Rebecca Christie and Robert Schmidt

Yen Rises on Speculation Exporters Buying Near a One-Month Low Bondheads / Ron Harui and Yasuhiko Seki

UK: Fiscal and monetary policy can do little without some return of trust Independent / Stephen King

ECB silence on dollar-euro rivalry is wise course Marketwatch / David Marsh

Japan’s Machinery Orders Slide as Exports Collapse Bloomberg / Jason Clenfield



New banks may be born out of Wall Street wreckage Reuters / Elinor Comlay

Corporate Bonds: Less of a Crunch Business Week / Tara Kalwarski

Keynesian approach might just dig a deeper hole St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Secretary Geithner Introduces Financial Stability Plan U.S. Treasury / Timothy Geithner

Sirius preparing possible bankruptcy filing: report Reuters

Federal Reserve programs to strengthen credit markets and the economy Federal Reserve Board / Ben S. Bernanke

Bernanke says Fed actions easing strains Reuters / Mark Felsenthal

Pelosi Stimulus Casts Shadow Over Obama, America, World Euro Pacific via Safehaven / John Browne

The Coming Great Depression Speculative Investor via Safehaven / Steve Saville

It's the economy, Cupid AP via Charlotte Observer / Betsy Vereckey

Las Vegas sees 11 percent drop in visitors Las Vegas Sun / Tim Richardson

2008 Credit Losses Dwarf Prior Three Years / Stephen Taub

The Importance of Failure Ludwig von Mises Institute / Tyler A. Watts

Bernanke grilled by Congress CNN / Chris Isidore

Bernanke vows more transparency in battling crisis AP via Miami Herald / Jeannine Aversa

The Problems With The IndyMac Model Forbes / Maurna Desmond

Geithner's Financing Fiasco Forbes / Daniel Indiviglio

Geithner's plan falls flat Fortune via CNN / Colin Barr

Review and Preview Morgan Stanley / Ted Wieseman

Treasuries Gain on Speculation Rescue Plan Will Be Inadequate Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell and Matthew Brown

Bond Vigilantes Push U.S. Treasuries Into Bear Market Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell and Daniel Kruger

Mortgage-Bond Spreads Hold Near Lowest Since 2007 on Fed Buying Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

When is right time to jump back into stock market? Orlando Sentinel / Richard Burnett

Dow plunges 300 points as Geithner unveils financial plan AP via Seattle Times / Tim Paradis

Wholesale inventories down largest amount in 16 years AP via Baltimore Sun

The Power of the Callable Bond / David M. Katz

Larger mortgages still carry higher rates San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Recessions affect unauthorised migration more than the legal sort Economist

Beware of Presidents who claim Armageddon is here NY Post / John Crudele

Economy rescue: Adding up the dollars CNN

Congress Misreads Public Anger at Wall Street Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Forget Stimulus, It's The Bank Bill That Matters Forbes / Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein

More people turn to food service jobs in tough times Dallas Morning News / Karen Robinson-Jacobs

Tuesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

General Motors to slash 10,000 salaried jobs Detroit Free Press / Tim Higgins

Qwest profit falls 49 pct in 4Q, beats view AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Peter Svensson

U.S. Stocks Decline After Obama Warns of ‘Full-Blown Crisis’ Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns

Curb America's debt culture Christian Science Monitor

Fed's Fisher says Fed independence must be ensured Reuters / Chris Baltimore

Treasuries Little Changed Before U.S. Begins Record Auctions Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Oil Is Little Changed as U.S. Stimulus Plan Passes Key Hurdle Bloomberg / Christian Schmollinger and Samantha Zee

Freedom From Government Texas Straight Talk via Lew Rockwell / Ron Paul

Obama’s Cure May Be Worse Than the Ailment Lew Rockwell / Eric Margolis

Key Obama aide took ride from bailed-out bank Boston Herald / Jay Fitzgerald

Bush Faithful Rewarded With Jobs Washington Post / Dan Eggen

Obama's Wealth Destruction Lew Rockwell / Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Covet your neighbor's Blu-ray? A fresh look at the 10 Commandments Christian Science Monitor / Leon R. Kass

UK: Retailers ring up surprise sales growth as 'carry on spending' shoppers defy slump London Times / Gary Duncan

Wall St. Treads Water as It Waits on Washington NY Times / Jack Healy

Obama Says Credit Crisis Not Over as Banks ‘Clean Up’ Books Bloomberg / Julianna Goldman and Kristin Jensen

Euro Weakens on Nikkei Report Russian Banks to Reschedule Debt Bloomberg / Ron Harui

China January Inflation Slows to 1%, Weakest Pace in Two Years Bloomberg / Kevin Hamlin and Yidi Zhao


Teflon Bonds Forbes / Melinda Peer

‘Dead’ Russian Bond Market’s 80% Yields Squeeze Firms Bondheads / Laura Cochrane and Denis Maternosvky

Yield Curve in an Estimated Nonlinear Macro Model Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City / Taeyoung Doh

Analysts disagree on timing of real estate turnaround Las Vegas Sun / Steve Green

Soaring credit card fees hit most Palm Beach Post / Susan Salisbury

It's A Deal Forbes / Brian Wingfield

Where Does Obama Stand On Trade? Forbes / Joshua Zumbrun

Oil lingers near $36 as investors mull inventories AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Alex Kennedy

Nearly 700 at Merrill in Million-Dollar Club NY Times / Michael J. Merced and Louise Story

Not made in China The Economist

Recession seems to put people in the mood for condoms USA Today / Charisse Jones

Gold hits seven-month high on safe-haven buying Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Recovery Coming but “Back-Loaded” Stimulus Means Weaker Near-Term Outlook Morgan Stanley / Richard Berner & David Greenlaw

Fed's Evans sees slow recovery starting later this year Marketwatch / Greg Robb

Stabilizing the Housing Market: Next Steps Federal Reserve Board / Elizabeth A. Duke

Economic Outlook and Policy Challenges Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago / Charles L. Evans

Gross Bought Mortgages, Sold U.S. Debt Last Month Bloomberg / Dakin Campbell

Fannie to Expand Mortgage Rules for Realty Investors Bloomberg / Jody Shenn

Level 3 posts first profit in six years Denver Post / Katie Hoffmann

Banking on the small fry Denver Post / Al Lewis

Bank CEOs flogged in Washington CNN / David Ellis

Wife pulled $15M before Madoff arrest AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer

A trillion reasons why bailout plan is hard to figure out Chicago Tribune / Greg Burns

Treasury Chief Pulls Back TARP to Show Us Nothing NY Post / Mark DeCambre

Geithner Defends Lack of Details in Financial Plan Bloomberg / Rebecca Christie and Rich Miller

Democratic Negotiators Agree to Cut Cost of Stimulus Package Washington Post / Paul Kane and William Branigin

U.S. Budget Deficit Widens More Than Forecast as Receipts Drop Bloomberg / Vincent Del Giudice

Homeowners emerge from denial on falling values San Francisco Chronicle / Carolyn Said

Baltimore-area house sales, prices plunge Baltimore Sun / Lorraine Mirabella

Wednesday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Oil stays near $38 on bailout skepticism AP via Washington Post / Jake Neubacher

Ex-labor secretary: Stagnant wages are biggest economic problem Miami Herald / Scott Andron

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed to Lowest Since 2003 Bloomberg / Shobhana Chandra

The truth about stimulus and the Depression Fortune via CNN / Jia Lynn Yang

Congress, White House seek final deal on stimulus Reuters / Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell

Pound Drops, Gilts Soar After King Says U.K. in Deep Recession Bloomberg / Anchalee Worrachate

Food prices ease, but thriftier shopping habits remain Christian Science Monitor / Patrik Jonsson

Stimulus prompts debate over police funds / John Gramlich

Hedge Funds Post First Back-to-Back Gain in 8 Months Bloomberg / Tomoko Yamazaki and Bei Hu

The state of the Street Marketwatch / Todd Harrison

Bankers Are About to Take a 50 Percent Pay Cut Bloomberg / Matthew Lynn

Asian Stocks Drop on Skepticism U.S. Bank Plan Will Ease Crisis Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Shani Raja

U.S. crude supply seen up on low runs in EIA weekly data Reuters via Guardian / Fayen Wong

Treasury Futures Little Changed Following Gain on Geithner Plan Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Outlook for Global Finance: The Evolving Crisis and Japan’s Experience Pimco / Koyo Ozeki

Pimco Says World Economic Crisis Faces ‘Second Wave’ Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Yen Rises Versus Euro, Dollar on Concern U.S. Plan Insufficient Bloomberg / Ron Harui

UK: Jobcentres given new mission to save the middle-class jobless London Times / Francis Elliott and Gary Duncan

China’s January Exports Fall 17.5%, Most in Almost 13 Years Bloomberg / Kevin Hamlin

Australian Stocks Drop on Concern U.S. Plan Won’t Ease Crisis Bloomberg / Shani Raja

Japan: Titanic Sails Again to Sink Deck-Chair Economy Bloomberg / William Pesek


A lament for savers The Economist

Former muni bond head sues UBS for discrimination Reuters / Emily Chasan

Stimulus Bill Boosts Muni Market, Says SIFMA SIFMA

A trip down memory lane Marketwatch / Mark Hulbert

Facebook pegs company's value at $3.7-billion AP via Globe and Mail / Michael Liedtke

McAfee profit rises on 19% revenue gain Marketwatch / John Letzing

No one home: 1 in 9 housing units vacant USA Today / Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg

Seven years of wealth gains gone Marketwatch / Rex Nutting

Recession doesn't wound silver screen Globe and Mail / Grant Robertson

Gold futures top $950 Globe and Mail / Frank Tang and Ian Harvey

CA: The stimulus: What's in it for Silicon Valley's tech economy? Mercury News / John Boudreau and Matt Nauman

Charter, the Junk Bond Champ, Goes Bankrupt / Tim Reason

Stocks stage a comeback CNN / Alexandra Twin

Midway Games, known for Mortal Kombat, files for Chapter 11 Chicago Tribune / Wailin Wong

Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary nominee AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer / Liz Sidoti and David Espo

Stimulus: How it may affect your wallet CNN / Jeanne Sahadi

How Banks Are Worsening the Foreclosure Crisis Business Week / Brian Grow, Keith Epstein and Robert Berner

Lenders drop mortgage brokers CNN / Les Christie

MI: Metro Detroit home sales rose; median sales price fell Detroit Free Press / Greta Guest

Despite stimulus, no quick turn for jobs, economy AP via Miami Herald / Jeannine Aversa

GM Bondholders Should Get 50 Cents on the Dollar, JPMorgan Says Bloomberg / Caroline Salas and Jeff Green

Gold seesaws after hitting seven-month high Marketwatch / Moming Zhou

Just Imagine Pandit Questioning Barney Frank Bloomberg / Caroline Baum

Gloom offensive The Economist

Obama Actually Did Wall Street a Favor via Safehaven / Reggie Middleton

Wagoner: GM ready to rebound Detroit Free Press / Sharon Silke Carty

Fed in Talks to Add Primary Dealers as Sales Surge Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

"Great Recession" seen lasting 3 years, experts say Reuters / Walden Slew

Why saving is killing the economy CNN / Chris Isidore

U.S. Retail Sales Unexpectedly Halt Six-Month Slide Bloomberg / Bob Willis

U.S. Stocks Drop, Extend Global Slump, on Stimulus Skepticism Bloomberg / Jeff Kearns

Home prices in record plunge CNN / Les Christie

Thursday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Netflix crosses 10 million subscriber mark, added 600,00 subscribers in January AP via Chicago Tribune

CA: Strong sector of state economy starts to slide Sacramento Bee / Dale Kasler

Congress Nears Passage of $789 Billion Stimulus Plan Bloomberg / Brian Faler and Ryan J. Donmoyer

Out of Work and Challenged on Benefits, Too Washington Post / Peter Whoriskey

PA: Vacancy rate grows in Downtown office buildings Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Sam Spatter

Muni Bonds Get Ahead of Themselves Business Week / Ben Levisohn

Treasury Yields Near One-Week Low; U.S. Retail Sales May Fall Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

States brace for new safety net money / Christine Vestal

Empty Street Marketwatch / David Weidner

Sirius XM Satellite Radio Short On Cash to Cover Debt Payment Washington Post / Cecilia Kang

At least one sunny outlook on stocks Marketwatch / Peter Brimelow

Yen Gains as Stocks Fall on Concern Bank Bailout Plan Will Fail Bloomberg / Yasuhiko Seki and Ron Harui

Asian Stocks Fall on Doubts U.S. Stimulus Will Revive Growth Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos and Patrick Rial

Australia Senate Rejects A$42 Billion Economic Stimulus Package Bloomberg / Gemma Daley

UK: Bank may start printing money to reverse 'deep' downturn London Times / Gary Duncan



Depression Angst Morgan Stanley / Joachim Fels and Spyros Andreopoulos

Rituals of the Rich Meet Realities of the Economy NY Times / Geraldine Fabrikant

Four U.S. Banks Seized, Bringing Total for Year to 13 Bloomberg / Margaret Chadbourn

Congress Gives Stimulus Its Blessing Forbes / Brian Wingfield and Josh Zumbrun

Democrats muscle huge stimulus through Congress AP via San Diego Union Tribune

The Real Lesson Of The New Deal Forbes / Bruce Bartlett

Steve Ballmer Is Insane Forbes / Wendy Tanaka

What is Cisco planning to do with all that cash? Marketwatch / Benjamin Pimentel

Why satellite-TV moguls see value in Sirius XM Marketwatch / David B. Wilkerson

Microsoft Sued Over Operating System Downgrade Fees Bloomberg / Joel Rosenblatt

Wagoner: GM will be leader when industry rebounds Lansing State Journal / Sharon Silke Carty

Dollar retreats against the euro, pound CNN / Ben Rooney

Treasuries Drop as Dealers Digest $67 Billion in Notes, Bonds Bloomberg / Susanne Walker

Bank of England Inflation Report: Embarking on Unconventional Measures Morgan Stanley / Melanie Baker; CFA, Mayank Gargh, David Miles, Laurence Mutkin & Owen Roberts

Junk Bond Sales Surge as Company Debt Market Thaws Bloomberg / Gabrielle Coppola and John Detrixhe

Bond Market’s Behavior Bewitching Borrowers NY Post / John Crudele

States await flood of federal money / Pamela M. Prah

Out-of-Market Small Business Loans Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Fed giving itself extra time to meet during crisis AP via Houston Chronicle

S&P heads to first quarter ever of negative earnings Marketwatch / Kate Gibson

U.S. Stocks Drop on Concern Over Bank Losses; Wells Fargo Falls Bloomberg / Elizabeth Stanton

JPMorgan, Citigroup halting foreclosures while Obama administration develops housing aid plan AP via Chicago Tribune / Alan Zibel

U.S. consumers, economists unanimously grim Reuters / Burton Frierson

U.S. Economy: Consumer Sentiment Approaches Lowest Since 1980 Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Europe hit by economic slowdown BBC News

The euro-area economy is mired in a deep recession. Germany has fallen hardest The Economist

How can we price something nobody's buying? Dallas Morning News / Steve Brown

Federal Reserve Events Reuters

GM's Talks With Bondholders Go Down to the Wire Washington Post / Kendra Marr

Bonds pare losses as consumer mood slumps Reuters

Friday’s Analysis / Marty Chenard

Laid-Off and Looking for Love ABC News / Scott Mayerowitz

Oil climbs above $34 on reports of US mortgage aid AP via Washington Post / Jake Neubacher

Are McMansions McHistory? Boston Herald / Amy Hoak

Municipal-Bond Offers, Costs May Be Cut by Obama’s Stimulus Bloomberg / Darrell Preston

U.S. completes huge sale of Treasury bonds; Mexico cancels its debt sale LA Times / Tom Petruno

Fed Calls Gain in Family Wealth a Mirage NY Times / Edmund L. Andrews

Fighting recession has become a new kind of warfare Christian Science Monitor / Peter Grier

U.S. Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index Likely Fell in February Bloomberg / Courtney Schlisserman

Government flip-flops on mortgage assistance and home buyer tax credits St. Petersburg Times / James Thorner

Clinton's first destination as secretary of State: a rising Asia Christian Science Monitor / Howard LaFranchi

MI: Shops report slow sales as consumers forgo expensive Valentine's Day gifts Detroit News / Jennifer Youssef

Ailing Banks May Require More Aid to Keep Solvent NY Times / Steve Lohr

Rapid-fire New Century Fund hits wide of the target Marketwatch / Chuck Jaffe

Visa Fraud Sparks Arrests Nationwide Business Week / Moira Herbst

Asian Stocks Rise on Policy Optimism; ANZ Gains, Pioneer Slumps Bloomberg / Jonathan Burgos

China’s Economy Shows Signs of Recovery on Stimulus Bloomberg / Kevin Hamlin

Treasuries Head for Weekly Gain as Economic Plans Disappoint Bloomberg / Wes Goodman

Roach’s ‘You Guys Are in Trouble’ Unsettles Asia Bloomberg / William Pesek


Recession boomers: Thriving in tough times Minneapolis Star Tribune / Dee DePass

Employers' mass layoffs hit record high Philadelphia Inquirer / Jane M. Von Bergen

Law firms cut back on employees, salaries Philadelphia Inquirer / Chris Mondics

MI: 'I do' budget: Economy has couples scaling back their weddings Detroit News / Jaclyn Trop

Euro zone's fringe countries in a bind AP via Globe and Mail / Shawn Pogatchnik

Deadline looms for Detroit -- much at stake CNN / Chris Isidore

Treasuries Gain as Skepticism Grows Over Rescue, Stimulus Plans Bloomberg / Daniel Kruger

U.S. Treasury chief fares better at G7 meeting AP via Houston Chronicle / Martin Crutsinger

The recovery plan: A national jolt to economy AP via Washington Post / Nancy Benac and Calvin Woodward

The Economic Panic of 2009 Daily Reckoning via Safehaven / Bill Bonner

As Stimulus Grows, So Does Task of Closing Whopping Deficit Washington Post / Lori Montgomery

If This Stimulus Isn't Big Enough, Could There Be a Sequel? Washington Post / Annys Shin

FL: More than 500 teachers to lose jobs in central Florida AP via Bradenton Journal

G-7 Vows To Restore Confidence in Bank System, World Economy Bloomberg / Rainer Buergin and Simon Kennedy

Car sales across Europe plunge to 20-year low London Times / Christine Buckley


Time has come to simplify the tax code St. Louis Post Dispatch / David Nicklaus

Bad sign: CEOs aren't buying stock in their companies USA Today / Matt Krantz

Retailers' loss of revenue hammers city and state budgets USA Today / Jayne O'Donnell

Obama drops "car czar" idea Reuters / Matt Spetalnick

White House dampens stimulus expectations Reuters / Alan Elsner

Don’t Put Politics on Census Dept. To-do List NY Post / Terry Keenan

Tight economy creates opportunity: Vacationers can find bargains at others' 2nd homes Chicago Tribune / Mary Ellen Podmolik

Crude oil is getting cheaper, so why isn't gas? AP via Seattle Times / Chris Kahn and John Porretto

Infrastructure money for states AP via Houston Chronicle

As Prices Fall, TIPS Look Better Marketwatch via Wall Street Journal  Jonathan Burton

Can anyone save America? London Times / Dominic Rushe

Stimulus is stiffing small business Boston Herald / Jennifer Heldt Powell

Americans saving more, spending less AP via Palm Beach Post / Martin Crutsinger

Federal rescue funds not trickling down to borrowers Pittsburgh Tribune Review / Thomas Olson

The Risks of Leveraging Home Equity Washington Post / Nancy Trejos

One Word For Playing This Market: 'Defense!' Wall Street Journal / Tom Lauricella

How the Bleak Economy Is Boosting These Businesses Kiplinger via Washington Post / Ilana Polyak

Once upon a time, we had what were called 'clearing banks'... Guardian – Observer / William Keegan

Actively managed funds do better Boston Herald / Chuck Jaffe

HSBC: the world's least-disliked bank Guardian – Observer / Ruth Sutherland

Shopping Online? Watch Out for E-Taxes Washington Post / Anne Kates Smith

Fall of the Russian billionaires Independent / Richard Osley and Kate Salter

EU: Recession crashes on to the continent Guardian – Observer / Ashley Seager

Bad Economy? Good Excuse NY Times / Alex Williams

Certain Firms, Industries Got Last-Minute Gifts in Stimulus Washington Post / Dan Eggen

Don't Miss The Sweet Spots Washington Post / Elizabeth Razzi

Hints of Which Sectors Will Weather the Storm US News & World Report and NY Times / Paul J. Lim

G-7 Says ‘Severe’ Downturn to Persist, Vows to Reverse Slump Bloomberg / Simon Kennedy and Rainer Buergin

Bringing Wind Turbines to Ordinary Rooftops NY Times / Anne Eisenberg

Is America Ready to Quit Coal? NY Times / Melanie Warner